This Girl Is Only 17 But NASA Is Already Preparing Her To Become The First Human On Mars
Have you ever wanted to become an astronaut when you were a kid? Well, did you become one? Unless you’re reading this article from the International Space Station, then the answer is probably not. Well, one girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is actually making that dream come true.
At only 17 years old, Alyssa Carson is already on her way to becoming an astronaut and going on the human mission to Mars in 2033. She is the first person to visit all 14 NASA Visitor Centres and complete the NASA Passport Program. Not only that, she is also the youngest person to become certified to go to space – Alyssa has graduated from the Advanced Possum Academy thus making her an official astronaut trainee. Although Alyssa is living such a busy lifestyle, she is still a high school student. Her school subjects might be a little more difficult than a regular teenager’s though – she is studying all her subjects in four different languages. Of course, Alyssa’s dream comes at a price – she can’t get married or start a family, but that doesn’t seem to stop her.
Alyssa is also a public speaker – she aims to encourage people to seek their dreams and draw interest in space exploration. “Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you,” said Alyssa in an interview with Bored Panda. She says she was inspired by all astronauts, especially women, as they have made the road for her to follow and we wish her nothing but the best in achieving her dream.
Alyssa Carson is a 17-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
At only 17 years old, she is already on her way to becoming an astronaut
Her aim is to be a part of the 2033 human mission to Mars
The aim of the mission is to establish a human colony on Mars, that may one day save our species
Alyssa has been dreaming about going to Mars since she was 3, after she saw the TV show “The Backyardigans”
Since then Alyssa has been working hard to achieve her dream
Her father enrolled her in the United States Space Camp back in 2008
Alyssa became the first person to visit all three NASA Space Camps
She is the first person to visit all 14 NASA Visitor Centres and complete the NASA Passport Program
Alyssa is also the youngest person to complete the Advanced Possum Academy
Becoming the youngest person to be certified to go to space
Although Alyssa is living such a busy lifestyle, she is still a high school student, studying subjects in 4 languages
Carson is the youngest applicant to International Space University, but still has to wait until she’s 18 to be accepted
“The biggest [challenge] is time and getting everything done at such a young age,” Alyssa told Bored Panda
She also started the “Blueberry Foundation”, named after her call sign
It aims to encourage kids to seek their dreams…
…and draw interest in space exploration
“Always follow your dream and don’t let anyone take it from you,” says the young astronaut
Alyssa’s dream comes at a price – she can’t get married or start a family
But that doesn’t seem to stop her and we wish her the best in achieving her dream!